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The shadow health minister Jamie Reed has said Jeremy Hunt's admission that A&E departments need more staff was "shocking" in light of the "chaos" and job losses his government has presided over.
The College of Emergency Medicine, who last week warned that A&E departments are on the verge of collapse due to chronic understaffing and increased numbers of patients, has welcomed Jeremy Hunt's comments that more staff are needed to cope with demand.
In a statement they said:
Today's admission by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that A&E departments need more staff in order to cope with growing demand for services comes after the College of Emergency Medicine warned that chronic understaffing levels is putting patients at risk.
The report found that departments are struggling to cope with "unsustainable workloads" as the amount of people visiting A&E increased by one million last year, bringing the total to 18,300,190.
I was with Jeremy Hunt this morning when he visited Kings College Hospital in London and I asked some questions about the pressures on A&E Departments, which he recognises.
The Health Secretary believes much of the pressure in A&E departments is because the last Labour government allowed GPs to withdraw from out of hours schemes, which Labour hotly disputes.
And I think we can expect to see him tackling that issue very soon, perhaps as early as next week.
The Health Secretary says he wants to see more staff on Accident and Emergency departments.
He told ITV News that even though there were 6,000 more doctors than at the time of the last election, more staff were needed to cope with a surge in demand.
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The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told ITV News that more staff are needed to cope with demand in A&E departments across the country.